TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The United States will lift restrictions on its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November.
This will end restrictions that have been in place since March 2020 to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
The opening rules, to be formally announced by US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday, will cover land borders and ferry crossings.
The rules are similar but not identical to the planned requirements announced last month for international air travelers, the officials said, reportedly Reuters, October 13, 2021.
Lawmakers from US border states praised the move to lift restrictions for hurting local communities’ economies and preventing visits to friends or family.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our cross-border community have felt the suffering and economic hardship of closing land borders. The pain will soon be over,” said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
Unvaccinated visitors will still be barred from entering the United States from Canada or Mexico at the land border.
Officials from President Joe Biden’s administration stressed the White House would not lift the “Title 42” order imposed by former President Donald Trump’s administration, which essentially cut off asylum access for hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to enter from Mexico.
An early November exact date for the lifting of ground and air travel restrictions will be announced soon, one of the officials said, adding the Biden administration is establishing consistent strict protocols for all foreign nationals traveling to the United States.
Canada on August 9 had allowed fully vaccinated United States visitors for non-essential travel.